CIVIC chiefs are warning residents over the risk of fly tipping.

Test Valley borough councillor has reminded residents of its zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping.

This comes after a man has recently been prosecuted after chemicals and other cleaning supplies were left dumped on a layby on the A343 last summer.

Appearing before Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, Adrian Vicker-Craddock, from Thatcham, pleaded guilty to knowingly causing or permitting the unlawful disposal of commercial waste and to disposing of the waste in a manner likely to cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay the council’s full clean up and legal costs of £1,882.50. He was also made to pay an £85 victim surcharge.

After the sentencing environmental portfolio holder, councillor Graham Stallard, said: “This is a main road and hundreds of cars will no doubt have driven past and seen this awful rubbish that had been thoughtlessly left. We are committed to stamping down on this selfish and irresponsible crime and we will investigate every report that we receive.

“I hope this acts as a deterrent for anyone thinking of leaving waste of any kind illegally in our borough. If there is sufficient evidence, then we will see you in court. There is no excuse.”

As previously reported, in December last year bricks, pieces of wood and a plastic bucket were dumped in the gateway off Ryedown Lane close to the Pauncefoot Hill junction in Romsey. The government has brought forward the legislation required to introduce new financial penalties of up to £400 for householders who fail to ensure their waste is not fly-tipped by unauthorised waste carriers. through a legal duty of care.